Religious Education

Fr Ebrahim

Head of Religious Education

Key Stage Three

Time Allocation

Students study RE for 5 one hour lessons in the two week timetable cycle. This represents 10% of the curriculum time, as recommended by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

Grouping

RE lessons take place in mixed ability groups.

Course Content

The topic areas that we focus on in KS3 are Revelation and Faith, God’s Promises Fulfilled, The Saviour, The Church, The Sacraments, Christianity and Other Faiths and other major world faiths.

These topics are drawn from the Bishops’ Conference RE Curriculum Directory

Autumn Term

Belonging

  • Expectations and personal shield.
  • St John Bosco story book, film and booklet.
  • Living out Salesian values in school and the community
  • Assessment
  • The Bible – basic skills.

God's Promises Fulfilled

  • Bible skills
  • Meaning of Advent
  • Annunciation
  • Birth
  • Epiphany

Creation

  • Adam and Eve/The Fall
  • Big Bang/Evolution
  • Stewardship
  • The work of CAFOD in relation to climate change and poverty
  • Assessment task/project

Covenant

  • Covenant & promises
  • Abraham
  • Noah
  • Moses, Exodus, Passover, 10 Commandments
  • Jesus the fulfilment

Conscience

  • What is conscience
  • Good and Evil/Heaven and Hell
  • How do we make decision
  • Situation Ethics
  • Two characters from history – Good/Bad

Vocation and Religious Life

  • What is a vocation? The List
  • Religious life – vows/daily life/etc
  • Priesthood qualities/role of a priest/celibacy/women priests.

Spring Term

Prayer/Mary

  • The real meaning of Christmas – evaluation question
  • Epiphany
  • Importance of prayer
  • Different forms of Prayer
  • Rosary
  • Importance of Mary for the Church

The Sacraments

  • Signs and symbols
  • Journey of Life
  • The sacraments
  • 3 Types of sacrament (Initiation/ministry/healing)
  • Baptism – rite, symbolism, meaning and importance.

Prophetic Role of the Church

  • Prophets
  • Jonah
  • Elijah
  • Hosea/Jeremiah/Isaiah
  • Jesus fulfils the OT prophets
  • Modern Day prophets
  • Romero/JPII/Dorothy Day/Mother Teresa

The Paschal Mystery

  • Person of Jesus
  • Holy week
  • Palm Sunday
  • The Last Supper
  • Garden of Gethsemane
  • The Trials
  • Death of Jesus
  • Holy Saturday
  • Resurrection

Marriage

  • The purpose of marriage
  • The 4 ideals of a Roman Catholic Marriage
  • Marriage preparation and the marriage ceremony.
  • The role and duties of a Christian parent.
  • Marriage breakdown and support
  • Divorce and annulment.

Good and Evil

  • Natural and moral evil
  • Attributes of God
  • Prayer and the challenge of unanswered prayers
  • Free will and choice
  • Jesus as salvation.

Summer Term

Eucharist

  • Reasons why people go to Mass
  • Overview of the Mass
  • Reconciliation at the start of Mass
  • Liturgy of the Word
  • Symbols of Bread and Wine
  • Last Supper
  • Eucharistic Prayer and Consecration
  • Sacrifice (Abraham and Isaac) Lamb of God
  • Holy Communion

Hinduism

  • Main beliefs -Trimurti
  • Reincarnation and Karma
  • Key Festivals – Diwali, Rama and Sita story.           
  • Prayer – Puja, Temple
  • Research project on Hinduism (Marriage/funerals/another deity)

The Birth of Christianity & The Church in Britain

  • Pentecost
  • The Early Church
  • St. Peter and St. Paul
  • Persecution of the Church
  • The Church spreads
  • St. Alban
  • Reformation
  • Thomas More (A man for All Seasons)

Islam

  • Foundation of Islam
  • The Faith in Practise
  • Understanding of beliefs and practises
  • Feasts and Festivals

Jesus of the Gospels

  • Existence of Jesus
  • Jesus Passport
  • Formation of the Gospels & trusting the Gospels
  • Jesus the miracle worker
  • Opposition
  • Jesus’ death

GCSE - Introduction to GCSE Syllabus

  • Study skills
  • Exam and revision technique
  • Topic 1 Creation

Key Stage 4

Religious Studies has a special status within the 14-19 Curriculum and is a statutory subject at Key Stage 4. At Saint John Bosco College it forms part of the core Curriculum and is studied by all Year 10 and Year 11 pupils to GCSE level. Students begin work on GCSE Religious Studies in the summer term of Year 9.

The knowledge and understanding gained by pupils will help to nourish and strengthen their faith, equipping them with the right attitudes and skills such as research, analysis, logic and reasoning, evaluation and creativity. These will assist them in future years to make decisions of moral importance and have a wealth of information and knowledge at their disposal.

GCSE Religious Studies Edexcel - Students in Year 11 cohort 2016 -2017

Formative Assessment:

  • Students sit a test at the end of each topic and a mock GCSE examination in the Christmas term of Year 11 on both Unit 3 and Unit 16
  • Homework is set on a weekly basis in accordance with school policy..

Summative Assessment:

  • Pupils sit two GCSE papers in the summer of Year 11
  • Unit 3 Religion and Life:  Roman Catholic Christianity (1 hr 30 mins) 50% of the final GCSE
  • Unit 16 St Mark’s Gospel (1 hr 30 mins) 50% of the final GCSE
  • There is no Controlled Assessment in R.E.

Students following the New GCSE curriculum AQA from September 2016

Content of the Course

AQA GCSE Religious Studies Specification B.

The course includes the study of Catholic Christianity (Religion 1 50%), a study of Judaism (Religion 2A 25%) and the study of Ethical themes (Religion 2B 25%).

Catholic Christianity
Catholic beliefs, teachings, practices, sources of authority and forms of expression in relation to six topics:

  • Creation
  • Incarnation
  • The Triune God
  • Redemption
  • Church
  • Eschatology.

Perspectives on Faith: Judaism

  • Key beliefs and teachings
  • Practices

Ethical themes

  • Religion, relationships and families
  • Religion, human rights and social justice.

Formative Assessment:

Students sit a test at the end of each topic and a mock GCSE examination in the Christmas term of Year 11 on both Unit Catholic Christianity and Perspectives of Faith

Homework will be set weekly in accordance with school policy.

Summative Assessment:

Pupils sit two GCSE papers in the summer of Year 11

  • 1hr 45 mins exam paper on Catholic Christianity 50%
  • 1hr 45 mins exam paper on Paper 2A Perspectives on Faith – Jewish topics 25%, Ethical topics 25%

There is no Controlled Assessment in R.E.

What opportunities a GCSE in Religious Studies will lead to:

GCSE Religious Studies can help you to pursue a career in: Journalism, Teaching, Medicine, Law, Social Work, Human Resources. Any career where you need to demonstrate an ability to empathise with others, consider issues critically and express your ideas coherently.

What skills profile a GCSE Religious Studies student should have:

  • Be able to evaluate moral and ethical issues.
  • Be able to express your own opinion clearly in writing and in discussion.
  • Be able to read and interpret scripture.
  • Understand key Christian and Jewish beliefs and work out how they affect the way that people live and behave.
  • Be able to listen to others and evaluate their views

Famous students of this subject include: Charles Darwin, William Paley, C.S. Lewis

What opportunities a GCSE in Religious Studies will lead to:

GCSE Religious Studies can help you to pursue a career in: Journalism, Teaching, Medicine, Law, Social Work, Human Resources. Any career where you need to demonstrate an ability to empathise with others, consider issues critically and express your ideas coherently.

Key Stage 5

A’ Level Religious Studies AQA

The course comprises three components: Philosophy, Ethics and Christian thought. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to develop an understanding of the modern world and establish a deeper knowledge and appreciation of religious thought. They will study contemporary issues, whilst challenging and developing their own perceptions, enabling them to engage with a wealth of philosophical, ethical and religious concepts.

The three components allow students to explore religious beliefs, values and teachings in light of their interconnections in both historical development and the contemporary world. The course examines some of the fundamental questions about life: why are we here; how should we behave; and what happens when we die?

In the Philosophy component students will learn about ancient philosophy, the nature of the soul, mind and body, arguments about the existence or non-existence of God, the problem of evil and the issues arising in religious language.  In the Ethics component students will learn about normative ethical theories, the application of ethical theories to two contemporary issues, debates surrounding significant ideas about conscience and sexual ethics. Students will also study Developments in Religious Thought which consists of key themes related to the relationship between religion and society. 

The course will suit students if they enjoy considering new concepts, debating ideas and working independently. It allows them to gain an analytical understanding of theories and doctrine whilst developing the skills required to formulate arguments in light of what they have learnt. Religious Studies is a rigorous academic subject and as such all universities, colleges and employers view it favourably. The content is particularly valuable for those wishing to study medicine, law, philosophy and politics. The skills developed will be particularly useful for careers in law, government and the media.